Reds, Mets swap veterans before second game of series

With worst starting staff in baseball, Reds acquire pitching help

The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets swapped veteran players Devin Mesoraco and Matt Harvey, both 29 and former all-stars, before the second game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds also acquired an undisclosed amount of cash.

Mesoraco has played his entire eight-year career with the Reds but has battled injuries in recent years and was backing up Tucker Barnhart this season. After making the all-star team in 2014, he was limited to 23 games in 2015, 16 in 2016 and 56 in 2017.

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This season, Mesoraco was hitting .220 in 18 games. He joins former Reds teammates Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier with the Mets.

The Reds also announced they have called up catcher Tony Cruz from Triple-A Louisville.

Harvey, who will join the Reds later this week in Los Angeles, was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight appearances this season. In his last appearance May 3, he allowed five earned runs in two innings of relief. Last season, he was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA.

Harvey was an all-star in 2013 but missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. His last great season came in 2015 when he 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. In his career, he’s 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA.

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